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Blocking people on social media is a powerful tool, but should people use it?

Getting blocked by a celebrity has become both a pseudo status symbol for people looking for a taste of fame, and a powerful tool for activists looking for greater visibility. Meanwhile, others have used the blocking feature as a way to maintain healthier relationships with loved ones off-line.

However, blocking people or getting blocked is a big step and can lead to some unintentional pitfalls. “People don’t realize that online is the new first impression,” said Patricia Rossi, a business etiquette coach, speaker and author. “If you tweet out that you were blocked by someone and a high-profile client is thinking of hiring you, that won’t leave a good first impression.

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